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To my knowledge its not nearly as big a thing, but I heard about a kid who was essentially ostracised from his friend group because he had an android phone and they all used iphones, which effectively to them just meant his chat bubble in imessage was a different colour (I know there are legitimate advantages of imessage, but talking to people who use it, I doubt that was the issue at play). Eventually his parents brought him an iphone and he was allowed back into the group, but yeh kids can be brutal.

If kids are that brutal over the colour of a chat message, you can only imagine how they'd react if they didn't have a phone at all (or have social media, they are essentially one in the same in this case).

Kids were ostracizing each other from groups for dumb reasons long before phones or social media were ever invented, and they will continue to do so long after we move onto the next thing. There will always be some arbitrary way to define an ingroup and an outgroup, the fact that kids are brutal enough to exclude someone because of something as pointless as their text bubbles' color illustrates the futility of trying to avoid this fate by appeasement. At some point people just have to have that uncomfortable conversation with their child where they explain friends who abandon you at a drop of a hat aren't friends.

As others have pointed out, its a strawman post, and the arguments being made in favour of what he is against aren't what he is saying they are.

However, I thought the more interesting to address would be

> There is something seriously wrong with the IT industry...

I think you'll find the same case whenever you get close enough to any industry, but don't agree with the general consensus. From afar, most industries, including IT, seem to be well organised and know what they're doing. Its only when you get into the weeds with them you see the chaos surrounding it.

Case in point, music. I've been playing around with synthesizers for the past few years as something a bit different from programming. But as I've got closer, I've come to see that simple problems often have inane solutions, where things that you thought one box could do on its own have to be handled by 10, all plugged into each other with different cables and in a different order.

So yeh, I'd say this is just a natural consequence of being in the industry. Talking to friends in completely different industries, I don't think this is unique to IT at all

(Also in UK) unless I've just become so accustomed to seeing fire extinguishers that I ignore them, it seems they are, and in some cases even more so. The bus stop near me (not a building, just a metal shelter that maybe 5 people can fit under) has a defib. I think our offices used to as well.

In the US, many housing codes require that every apartment be furnished with a fire extinguisher.

I keep two in my house: one on each floor. (One stays under the kitchen sink.)

Somewhat off topic, but does anyone have any recommendations for personal cloud storage. I've heard good things about Syncthing, but thats for syncing, not for storing. Preferably something as simple and easy to use/setup as possible. I want to use it mostly for storing old projects, I don't want it to be a project.

Hetzner offers hosted Nextcloud instances starting at 3.45€/m for 100gb:


I have heard good things about Nextcloud, so this may be a winner. Cheers!

I find Wasabi (S3 compatible) to be the most useful. I'm paying $6 for ~400 GB of storage.

I store/stream all my music there (use presigned URLs for playback).

I find that most cloud storage deviate too much from a simple file management interface.

Google One (Drive storage) is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) I think. Paying just 1.99 for 100GB monthly.

100gb wasn't enough for me. A family subscription to office 365 offers each user 1tb of storage and the price is reasonable compared to the competition, especially if you're already ok with paying for Microsoft office.

How does it compare to dropbox? I'm happy to pay a bit more

I'd rather avoid Google if I could so I don't get further locked-in with them, but its a minor issue, and if they do end up being the best whilst keeping out my way then that sounds like a good deal to me

rclone is very good. Choose any cloud storage provider, and then run it through a nightly cronjob or whatever.


Oh sorry, should've been clearer, I'm not looking for backup (I'm currently using backblaze for that), just general storage.

Wasabi is good because it has no egress charges and is only $6/month per TB: https://wasabi.com/cloud-storage-pricing/#three-info

You can use rclone to mount cloud storage folders locally: https://rclone.org/commands/rclone_mount/

Your situation sounds similar to mine, especially not understanding all the technical terms that are thrown around, although I didn't go to university and am self taught (which I always thought explained the lack of knowledge of technical terms, but perhaps not).

> Do people regularly run into coworkers like me during their career and simply ignore it because they find it too awkward to criticize them?

In my experience and guesses, I dont think anyone (or at least the majority of people) in this industry (or possibly any industry) is entirely sure of their own competance, so they're worried about the same thing from you.

I think for me it depends. Video's are better if I'm completely out of my depth or its a big project or its something thats new to me. Text can skim over small but important details, videos usually don't (obviously they can edited out, but thats an active process of removing it, rather than a passive process of just not adding it). But if its something I know a decent amount about, I'll always go with text.

Where it gets a bit more interesting is that middle ground. Usually I prefer text in theory, but a lot of the articles written about it are filled with as much fluff as videos, but then you also have cookie popups, ads, location and notification requests, ect... which can make videos sometimes faster, sometimes slower.

I'm in my mid 20's so I don't know if its a generational thing, I might be just an outlier but I couldn't say for sure.

Maybe I'm wrong and if this helps people thats great, but this seems like its making a system out of something that doesn't need to be a system.

When I take notes, I'll write something out, then if I think of something that expands upon it, or a potential problem, I'll draw an arrow to the next line (or if the page is becoming full, to somewhere else) and write my new thing there. Sometimes it'll work like a strange Q&A where I write something, ask a question about it, answer it, and so on, with lines displaying the flow, but not always. All that sounds somewhat similar to these "Flow Notes", though a lot less organised.

The important thing is that I never decided to do this. I just did. And sometimes I don't and I just write normally, or sometimes a combination of the two. I can't say how much it helps me to reread my notes, I moreso take notes to think things through or get them out of my head than to keep a constant memory of them. But it works for me.

Judging by Godot and the few other dynamically typed languages and how performance isn't much of a concern with them, apparently its not much of a penalty.

That being said, for peace of mind, I do wish engines like Godot had chosen a strongly typed language. I use Godot myself and much prefer it to other engines I've used, but I can't shake the feeling the GDScript sacrifices performance for ease of learning, even if it happens to not be true. I know theres Godot C# as well but that still doesn't feel like first class supported, though maybe I'm wrong

I am only barely familiar with both MicroStudio and Processing so probably not the most reliable source, but to my knowledge Processing is for graphics programming whereas Microstudio is for games programming.

Of course theres a lot of overlap between the two, but I'd guess Processing is more powerful (or at least, more easily powerful) for pure graphics rendering than MicroStudio, but MicroStudio can do a lot more (or again, at least a lot more easily), like handling inputs and playing sounds and so on

I'm biased because out of the two I've only used Django, however since learning Django my urge to learn Rails has gone down quite a bit. Its still there, and Rails does look fantastic, but so does the hundred other frameworks and languages on my todo list.

I guess the only takeaway you can get for that is that Django, at the very least, works fine, and probably will solve the problem you come in with unless you want it solved in a very specific way

To be fair. Rails is very _fantastic_.

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